September 9 – November 13, 2021
EMANUEL TOVAR | Little infinity poem
Galeria La Caja Negra
Fernando VI, 17-2 Left, 28004 Madrid ES
INAUGURATION | Thursday 9 September from 12 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
PERFORMANCE | “Little infinite poem” by Emanuel Tovar and Samuel Diz
Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
In an effort to understand the nature of the human being, Emanuel Tovar (Guadalajara, Mexico, 1974) draws lines that pass between the material dimension and the spiritual dimension.
Emptiness, repetition, transmutation, exile, and death are some of the concepts around which the exhibition Little infinite poem revolves. The title comes from a poem by Federico García Lorca. Overlapping different spaces, times, and disciplines, Tovar reflects on the construction of identity and the meaning of existence based on the repetition of certain images and phrases that link three great references: García Lorca himself, Mathias Goeritz, and José Clemente Orozco.
The reference to García Lorca is projected in different pieces, among them a series of drawings where fragments of poems are repeated and superimposed in a line that seems to go beyond the limits of the paper, pulsing before the gaze and generating diffuse horizons. On the other hand, based on the tribute that the Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas paid to Lorca in 1935, after his execution, Tovar develops the performative action that gives the exhibition its title and in which he has the collaboration of the musician and researcher Samuel Diz (Tui, Galicia, 1986). In this action, the tragedy and the silencing of Lorca are framed in a new composition to be interpreted on the guitar, the poet’s favorite instrument.
Also related to the poet, the videos Gloria suspended and Vocablo infinito are presented. In both, the cyclical nature of the movement refers us to the construction of the poetic act as a work of continuous attention.
The exhibition is completed by a set of sculptural work made with materials left over from construction sites that adhere to the space in a parasitic way and that resemble fragile and precarious architectural models or models. These pieces in turn contrast with the set of paintings that confirm Cosmic Rebound, where time, structure, space, light, and darkness will be the main elements.
Little infinite poem is a journey that blurs the forms to find the intangible and poetic features of human actions, seeking to build a moment for emotions, ideas, and thought, starting from space and matter.
Emanuel Tovar (Guadalajara, Mexico, 1974) is a multidisciplinary artist who explores and expands the limits of sculpture, performance and installation.
Through his work, he constructs and recreates images through which he contrasts the sublime and the everyday as a critical strategy. From the observation of physical labor and its socio-economic and urban environment, Tovar articulates a series of reflections in relation to the body as a political territory.
In the spaces in which the artistic work and the creative and intellectual relationships of the art world are framed, activated and questioned. Starting from materials that are frequently linked to physical work – mud, coal, or cement – Tovar’s works take forms that change and are presented in different stages of production.
Sometimes his actions pose moments of encounter and depth for the viewer and become installations or sculptures, in others, the sculptural cites the trace of a performativity encapsulated in the material and the object.
The work Emanuel Tovar has been exhibited in different spaces and institutions inside and outside of Mexico. His most recent solo exhibitions are Intangible Journey, Páramo Galería, Guadalajara in 2017; Un surco en la nada, Cuadro22, Suiza and Anywhere out of this world, curated by Humberto Moro, Casa Pedregal, Mexico City, in 2016. He has participated in various group exhibitions, including Fractured Lanscape, curated by Meaghan Kent, Art and Culture Center, from Hollywood Miami, USA (2021); 14th Edition of the Vervo Festival of Performance Art, curated by Rodrigo Campuzano, Sao Paulo Brazil; Courage! Near Infra Red, curated by Abraham Cruzvillegas, Rinomina Gallery, Paris, France; Cycles of Collapsing Progress, Contemporary Art Exhibition Mexico x Lebanon, curated by Karina El Helou in collaboration with AnissaTouati, Tripoli, Líbano (2018); The day is blue, silence is green, life is yellow, curator Paola Santoscoy, Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City; and Monuments, anti-monuments and new public sculpture, curator Pablo León de la Barra, CHOPO University Museum, Mexico City (2017). Declarations, curator Guillermo Santamarina, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2005). Only Characters Change, curated by Magali Arreola, Ana Elena Mallet and Patrick Charpenel, Marco, Monterrey, Mexico (2004). He has won the ILLY award for Solo Project at the PARC ‘Peru art fair (2017).